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Aug 26, 2010 12:19 PM by Melissa Canone

Handling of Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) - A poll finds that most people think the United
States remains unprepared for handling natural disasters, five
years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast.
The survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center says that
nearly 6 in 10, or 57 percent, say the country is not better
prepared for another disaster like a hurricane. Roughly equal
numbers of Democrats, Republicans and independents share that
gloomy outlook.
The poll also finds that nearly 7 in 10 think progress has been
made rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf. People in the South -
which includes Gulf Coast states - feel most strongly about it,
with 75 percent of them saying progress has been made.

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